Diesel, Lumber, And The State Of Staffing – January 3, 2018

The weekly changes in the price of diesel and lumber give a quick snapshot into the state of staffing in the construction and distribution industries.

Diesel Price Tracker

Diesel prices give a snapshot of the state of staffing in the trucking industry

National Average Price Per Gallon: $2.973

Oil prices have started strong in 2018. It’s the first time since 2014 that crude prices opened at above $60 per barrel.

Despite unrest in Iran – a big oil producer – market analysts are optimistic.

“There doesn’t seem to be any great political risk premium in the oil price at the moment and again we think that might be supportive,” said William Dinning of Waverton Investment Management.

Diesel prices give a snapshot of the state of staffing in the trucking industry


 Lumber Price Tracker

Random lengths – framing lumber: $433

Random lengths – panels/plywood: $434

Because of winter weather and absenteeism due to the holidays, prices for all lumber products were muted this week. However, given the trends of past years, this slowdown in trading was expected by industry watchers. Some traders did make purchases for 2018.

Lumber prices give a snapshot of the state of staffing in the construction industry

 


Staffing & Job Market News

The U.S. job market remains hot going into 2018. The economy has created more than 2 million jobs each year for the past six years.

Nearly all occupations and industries are enjoying steady growth, including construction, manufacturing, and hospitality. Analysts also predict that unemployment rates of below 4% are likely to continue through Q1.

 

 

 

About the Author: Brinna Deavellar is a staffing and marketing professional at Spec On The Job. To send Spec a message or to get daily updates on the latest jobs, follow us on Facebook.

 

 


Sources: Random Lengths, EIA, Yahoo Finance, CNBC